Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being literal. Literal interpretation or import.
- n. The property of being literal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being literal; literal import.
- n. adhereing to the concrete construal of something
- literal + -ness (Wiktionary)
“He would often gently deride a certain American literalness that I do possess – a need to ask questions all the damn time, and analyse situations a little too much.”
“His stated purpose is to emphasize the relation of words to their objects, that is, the literalness of the "real language of men.”
“Biblical "literalness" consists in interpreting the Bible contextually, and straightforwardly where the context allows.”
“Some of his devotees were depressed by the literalness of the subject matter, which is a quasi-autobiographical account of being 13 years old and an inmate in a Japanese internment camp in Shanghai.”
“But literalness gave rise to some fine ideas, like casting Gabriel Lautaro Osuna, a flamenco singer, as Mario's father.”
“YOu really need help — this is literalness to a pathological level.”
“The life and sayings of Johnson were so replete with ironies that perhaps it is no surprise to find literalness exacting its effect over the course of time.”
“Jesus of Nazareth is the myth reduced to literalness.”
“This is suggested with jarring literalness in the precise architectural renderings on their painted surfaces.”
“There is also the fact that people often take scripture with an extreme literalness.”
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